A Review of IWC Portugieser Automatic Ref. IW500705 Watch


IWC Portugieser automatic  has a date display that debuted in 2004 and has always been equipped with one of the largest and most powerful automatic movements. 52010 caliber As we have seen today, the movement architecture has shown how far away since the 1930s use of the original Portugieser pocket watch sports watch. In this article we will look at this huge 52010 caliber and dressy-elegant package it.

Go back a bit, IWC was renamed to Portugal at the time of 2015 with Portugieser and update the outgoing model, IWC Portugieser IW5007 ref. Again, the exact origins of the watch can be traced back to the late 1930s when two professionals called Rodriguez and Teixeira approached the IWC to seek a fairly stainless steel watch with the sport that could compete with the marine astronomical clock accuracy-wise. IWC Portugieser is a prosperous line, Portugieser itself is more than 75 years old, and the reverence and loyalty of the automatic version is likely to win the respected timetable.

Automatic update IWC Portugieser IW5007 31-jeweled and decorative movement is the mechanism of automatic winding: it is a ceramic part that wears almost free of charge due to its use. There are many exciting changes to the past 5001 iterations compared to most of these changes that really happen in the more open architecture, field sick rotors, how to look at the wind, the layout of the bridge – now you can see and feel Pellaton automatically The winding system is smooth.


There’s a lot of space revealing the barrel bridge which, of course, displays the two mainspring barrels in all of their glory. The two barrels benefit the torque release, and it makes a big difference considering the natural leap from the 5001’s 3Hz to the IW5007’s more modern 4Hz frequency – which, in turn, makes the 52010 caliber to now have to store more energy to still offer the 7-day power reserve along with the increased frequency.

The bidirectional winding has improved over the 5001 with the addition of two black ceramic pawls. Think of them like two ceramic black wings as one will start to release while the other basically pulls, operating with no need for lubrication. This negates concern for wear or any unforeseen weaknesses because, as prone to cracking upon impact ceramic may be, it is unlikely anything will hit these parts that are safely tucked away under the massive sapphire case-back.IWC-Portugieser-500705

Also featured in the 52010 movement is IWC’s sturdy free sprung escapement, so the rate should stay more consistent, something further improved with a Breguet over-coil hairspring. The Breguet spring, through its elasticity, regulates the oscillations of the balance. It was first invented by a Dutch mathematician named Huygens in 1675. In 1795 Abraham-Louis Breguet solved many of the isochronism problems of the Huygens-invented hairspring by raising the spring’s last coil to reduce its curvature and establish the concentric development of the balance spring – resulting in the balance staff wearing out less quickly while upgrading precision at the same time. Needless to say, it is not exclusive neither to Breguet, nor to IWC, but remains a neat little detail us watch-enthusiasts can appreciate.IWC-Portugieser-500705


As subjective as watch design is, I feel safe in saying that when one gazes upon the IWC Portugieser Automatic IW500705’s dial, there’s just something appropriately satisfying to the eye. It could be thanks to the polished, blued, hand-applied Arabic numerals and index markers that gently float atop a beautiful silvery white dial, or perhaps the slender and timeless feuille hands that provide excellent legibility – though not so much on the black-dial version. Color-matched silver sub-dials peer back at you with their concentric circular texture pattern, with small seconds on the left and the power reserve indicator on the right. The latter offers that lovely red touch, bringing a dash of warmth into the cold white-blue picture.IWC-Portugieser-500705


I’ve worn the IWC Portugieser Automatic IW500705 on a full wind for 5 days and kept it face up overnight in my watch box. It’s been accurate to +3 seconds per day, though IWC has told me the 52010 caliber is regulated in Schaffhausen to -7/+7 seconds per day – which falls out of COSC chronometer certifications, something that may be difficult to achieve at the end of such a long power reserve, but would be nice to see attained in the future. There is plenty of dial space on the IWC Portugieser Automatic IW5007, and it’s a welcoming appeal to say the least for the wearer. I really enjoy looking at the railway track-styled chapter ring as I humbly think it looks best on this model in particular.IWC-Portugieser-500705

Despite its generous 42.3mm case and large dial space,IWC Portugieser Automatic IW5007 maintains its dressy-elegant looks. Notably, the IW5007 also became a bit thicker since the last update, inflating to 14.5mm in total thickness, compared to the original at 13.9mm thick. IWC has closed the space between the lugs and strap, as well as reduced the length of the lugs slightly all the while making them more burly. I think it’s truly hard to update such an established design and that’s another thing I personally found amazing about the IW5007: in my experience, it has the ability to be worn anytime, from formal to casual.IWC-Portugieser-500705

Speaking of casual, that was my initial goal, so I took the wonderfully done 22mm black alligator leather strap and swapped it for a dark navy steerhide leather with off-white full stitch from Europelli straps. I’m a big guy with 8 1/2″ wrists, so before I purchased the watch I was concerned that 42.3mm would be too small, as my “sweet spot” in any timepiece genre lies between 44-45mm. Well, while it might seem large for small-wristed collectors, it was a solid fit for my larger wrist.IWC-Portugieser-500705

The IWC Portugieser Automatic IW5007 also has a convex, dual-antireflective-coated sapphire crystal, as well as a sapphire crystal on the case-back. The decoration of the lugs, bezel, and case-back consist of polished surfaces with the sides of the case done in a finely satin-finished look. Curved lugs and curved spring bars really make it a more streamlined look as the strap meets the case much more effectively, making for a more integrated look when compared to the 5001.IWC-Portugieser-500705

In conclusion, for all these reasons above, the IWC Portugieser Automatic IW500705 I would recommend to purists and enthusiasts. From the welcoming dial and heat-blued applied touches to the amazing updated 52010 caliber, this IWC Portugieser Automatic can easily handle many environments and settings. Whether hanging out with friends casually or a true formal event, it can morph itself to fit your daily needs.IWC-Portugieser-500705

IWC has not only improved the movement, but in an effort to give its staunch fans a more competitive price point, IWC has a lower retail price on the IW5007 than its previous 5001. The IWC Portugieser Automatic IW500705 retails for $12,700 USD.


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